How to Create a Wood Effect Cake Board

A popular technique, this tutorial by Jacqui Kelly is also a great way to use up left over sugarpaste and is easier than you think!

Image credit: wooden board

A popular technique, this tutorial by Jacqui Kelly is also a great way to use up left over sugarpaste and is easier than you think!

You will need:

Edibles:

Equipment:

  • A mix of chocolate flavoured modelling paste (Renshaw) and white sugarpaste (Renshaw).
  • Trex
  • colours for airbrush: chestnut, dark brown (Magic Colours)
  • small rolling pin
  • airbrush
  • 25cm (10in) oval cake drum
  • clean nail brush

1

To coat the board, this is a great opportunity to use up any left over colours of sugar paste you have. To create the marbled finish, knead your paste to warm it up and then roll into sausage shapes of approximately the same length (it doesn’t mater if some are thicker than others – you are aiming for random). Squeeze the sausages together and then roll all together but maintaining that sausage shape.

2

Fold into three sections, twist the shortened sausage and then roll back into the original sausage shape then repeat: fold, twist and roll, fold, twist and roll until you are happy with the colour blends you have created. I always stop before I am completely happy as it will blend further when you roll it out to cover the board. Coat your board with a thin layer of Trex (this means you can reposition it easily and also as it’s just being used as a display board so you can easily remove the coating once your event is over and reuse the board).

3

Trim away any excess paste and using a clean nailbrush texture into the paste to give it some more interest. Add a coordinating ribbon. I then airbrushed around the edge with a mix of chesnut and dark brown to add some more depth. I do this with the ribbon in place so it blends and there is never a gap.

 


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